Guided tour

Madrid: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour of the Royal Palace

Activity provider: IBE TOURS

Madrid: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour of the Royal Palace

Activity provider: IBE TOURS
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From US$ 32.13 per person

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Journey through the history of the Royal Palace of Madrid and enjoy traditional Spanish cuisine.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 - 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available


  • Skip the long lines to the largest royal palace in western Europe
  • Explore the history of the Royal Palace of Madrid and the Spanish monarchy
  • Visit the opulent state rooms and grand private apartments
  • Enjoy a tapas tasting in one of the most important bars in Madrid, near the Royal Palace (if selected option)
Full description

Skip the long lines to the Royal Palace of Madrid and learn the history of the Spanish monarchy on a guided tour. Hear how the palace has changed through time with informative observations from your expert guide.

Discover an exquisite collection of tapestries, porcelain, antique clocks, armor and works of art from the royal collections, including paintings by Goya and Velázquez. Visit the private apartments, throne room and banquet halls, along with the Hall of Mirrors from the reign of Charles IV. 

Admire the Palatine Stradivarius collection of musical instruments and see the 19th-century English-style gardens and 2 neoclassical fountains.

Discover the traditional tapas of Spain and experience the food culture of Madrid like a local, select the Tapas Tasting option. Following the tour of the Royal Palace, you will then walk through the city to one of the most important bars in Madrid. 

Here your tour will finish, leaving you with the opportunity to walk through the center of Madrid.

  • Certified guide
  • Guided tour
  • Tapas tasting in one of the most important bars in Madrid (if you select this option)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Souvenirs
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

Know before you go

  • Please check which option you select as the inclusions are different depending on the option
  • As per Royal Palace policy, and in order to preserve the monument, your time slots may be changed before your ticket date
  • The guide will not accompany you for the tapas tasting
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 616 reviews

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The meeting point at Opera metro station is inconvenient as you cannot see the guide in the large square and there is no shade in case the tour is delayed. Skipping the line at the Royal Palace was very pleasant. You didn't have too much time in the individual rooms, but you can simply go through them again on your own afterwards.

June 22, 2022

The Palace itself is beautiful and well worth seeing. Please be aware that if you bring with you anything larger than a purse, you will be required to store these in a locker. There was no cost for this when I went. On the tour, you see 25 rooms in total. Some of these are very narrow and we were taken into the room whether there was space or not. On more than one occasion, at least five of us of around 20 in total, got separated from the guide as we couldn't get through to where he was. We did catch up, but it meant we couldn't hear what was being said as the headsets only worked within a distance of around 15 to 20 metres. The only reason I have marked this down is the guide. On several occasions he made comments regarding his own beliefs around Covid, something that I didn't appreciate, especially as a disabled tourist who takes many preventative measures against Covid and who had paid money to hear about the Palace and the Royal artefacts, not someone's opinions.

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April 24, 2022

I booked a guided tour in the Royal Palace. I really enjoyed my tour with Roció, our guide. She explained us always the story behind of each room and the objects exhibited. Even if the Palace is just so beautiful, I am sure that I would not have enjoyed the Palace that much if I visited it alone. Rocío is an excellent guide who is really knowledgeable and funny as well. I highly recommend the tour to everyone, you will not regret it!

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July 29, 2021

Product ID: 117453